Friday Blog Apr 13 – World Book Night 23rd April 2012

Have you signed up as a WBN giver this year? The books are arriving at the libraries we nominated as pick up points, and you’ll be hearing soon when to collect them. Here’s a message from the World Book Night Team World Book Night 2012 logo

Dear Giver,

Like proud parents we think the World Book Night books are just about the most beautiful books we’ve ever seen and we hope you’ll love them just as much as we do. You can see some photos of the finished copies here and you can find out more about their contents and design here, which also includes information about collection, how they’re packaged, their unique identifying numbers and more.

One of the most exciting parts of World Book Night this year is the author’s recommendations printed in each book. We’re incredibly passionate about helping people continue their reading journey and know that it can be very difficult to choose what book to read next once you’ve finished a book you’ve loved. So who better to recommend another book than the author of the one you’ve just read?

You can read short extracts from most of the featured books now by visiting this page – click on each title to open the extract. And you can see what each of the authors has recommended below.

Recommended reads

Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn, chosen by Jane Austen’s publishers

Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore, chosen by Iain M. Banks

The Creeper by Tania Carver, chosen by Mark Billingham

In Trouble Again by Redmond O’Hanlon, chosen by Bill Bryson

The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges, chosen by Paulo Coelho

Brighton Rock by Graham Greene, chosen by Martina Cole

Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride, chosen by Bernard Cornwell

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, chosen by the Roald Dahl estate

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, chosen by Charles Dickens’s publishers

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, chosen by Emma Donoghue

Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman, chosen by the du Maurier estate

Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig, chosen by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats by Hesh Kestin, chosen by Stephen King

The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield, chosen by Sophie Kinsella

The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon, chosen by Andrea Levy

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick, chosen by John Ajvide Lindqvist

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, chosen by Audrey Niffenegger

Our Spoons Came From Woolworths by Barbara Comyns, chosen by Maggie O’Farrell

King Crow by Michael Stewart, chosen by David Peace

The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton, chosen by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet, chosen by Meg Rosoff

Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado, chosen by Joe Simpson

Oranges are not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, chosen by the Dodie Smith estate

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey, chosen by Markus Zusak

Happy reading!

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